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Projecting sea level rise: from ice sheets to local implications (PROTECT)


Sea level rise (SLR) is one of the most damaging impacts of climate change, threatening the economy, ecology, and the entire existence of coastal areas around the world. The EU-funded PROTECT project drives SLR projections beyond the state of the art and provides long-term scientific and societal benefits. It will significantly improve our understanding and model representation of ice sheet processes and offer a new approach in modelling interactions between the atmosphere, ocean and ice sheets.

The main objectives of the project include:

  • provide a step change in modelling interactions and feedbacks between the atmosphere, ocean, and the ice sheets;
  • improve the robustness of the resulting SLR projections with a clear spread of uncertainties from a global to a regional scale;
  • identify and evaluate the future social consequences of SLR over decades to centuries;
  • develop and train the next generation of sea level scientists.

PROTECT brings together the world's leading European experts in cryosphere and climatology, sea level change and coastal and societal impacts. The project will engage stakeholder knowledge from key EU states vulnerable to SLR, as well as communities from low-lying islands and the Arctic.  The results of the project will provide a solid evidence base needed to implement measures addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the European Union Adaptation Strategy and the UNFCCC Paris Agreement.

Project information


National Centre for Scientific Research CNR, France


Universitaet Bremen, Germany

Universitaet Zuerich, Switzerland

Stichting Nederlandse Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Instituten, the Netherlands

United Kingdom Research and Innovation, United Kingdom

GCF – Global Climate Forum EV, Germany

Bureau de Recherches Geologiques et Minieres, France

Postdam Institut Fuer Klimafolgenforschung, Germany

Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands

Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

University of Leeds, United Kingdom

University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Denmarks Meteorologiske Institut, Denmark

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Universite de Liege, Belgium

King´s College London, United Kingdom

Swansea University, United Kingdom

Asiaq Misissueqqaarnerit, Greenland

Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zuerich, Switzerland

University of Northumbria at Newcastle, United Kingdom

Denmarks Tekniske Universitet, Denmark

Alfred-Wegener-Institut fur Polar und Meeresforschung, Germany

Ministry of Environment, Maledives

Technische Universiteit Delft, the Netherlands

Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI), the Netherlands

University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

Published in Climate-ADAPT Sep 28 2022   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Sep 28 2022

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